Chivas Come to CHOC

Chivas USA visit patients at CHOC
Chivas USA visit patients at CHOC

My new friends on the Chivas USA soccer team stopped by the hospital to visit with patients on July 18th.  What a welcome these players received here!  CHOC kids and their families are big fans of the team, and had a lot of fun meeting the players and getting autographs.  The players hung out with the patients in our playrooms and were just the coolest.  I can see why they have such a large fan base.   Be sure to cheer them on this season!

M is for Magnet

Proud to be Magnet

I always knew our nurses were cool…but this proves it. On July 16, 2008 we received the call that CHOC had been awarded “Magnet recognition” for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  What’s Magnet you ask? Well, The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. It also provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. (I got that from the ANCC web site.) Receiving this designation puts us in the top 3% to 4% of hospitals in the nation! I’m so proud of all our nurses and to belong to such an amazing organization. But don’t just take my word for it, as the lead Magnet appraiser put it, “Magnet is what CHOC nurses and Associates do everyday and you do it exceptionally well.”  Go CHOC Nursing!!!

For more about this incredible honor, visit CHOC’s website.

Choco Appreciation Day

Choco Appreciation Day
Choco Appreciation Day

Wow…who would have thought they would have an appreciation day, just for me! June 28 was a happy day for me as patients and CHOC Associates celebrated “CHOCO Appreciation Day”. Associates wore CHOCO attire and Maggiano’s Little Italy supported the day by providing CHOCO-shaped cookies for patients to decorate in the Cafeteria. Maggiano’s also graciously gave treats to Associates and designed a huge, edible CHOCO Bear made out of (what else?) chocolate cake! Members of our Executive Management Team and patients helped decorate the huge cake and then we all enjoyed a great big piece. Many thanks to Maggiano’s for bringing lasting smiles and providing tremendous support to CHOC. This day was so much fun. I can’t wait for next year!

CHOC Night at the Honda Center

Okay, so ask me how cool it is to ride the Zamboni! I had a blast at CHOC Night at the Honda Center. Fun and excitement filled the air at as the Ducks took on the Calgary Flames. Limited edition “CHOCO” bears dressed in replica jerseys autographed by Ducks players, were a big hit again this year – with 1,000 bears sold! CHOC patients got to ride on the Zamboni, too, and one was named Honorary Duck. In addition, giveaways were distributed at the entrances and large poles were on display for visitors to sign encouraging messages for our patients. In a partnership with the Orange County Register, CHOC received a $1 donation for every spectator who text messaged “Go Kid Go” from their cell phone. All of the proceeds raised that night benefit CHOC and CHOC at Mission.

I sure had a great time–I got to hang out with the kids, the Ducks and of course my pal Wild Wing–he’s one crazy duck! In fact, Wild Wing and I have so much fun we made a video together. Click here to check it out.

My Story

Hey friends! Did you know that someone wrote a story about me and how I came to CHOC? Read on and learn all about my big adventure:

By Yvonne Nenadal, R.T.R.

It was a bright, sunny morning – just the kind of morning that bears, especially little bears, love!

CHOCO Bear was just starting to wake up as he felt those first rays of sunshine peeking through his window. He stretched and yawned, and yawned and stretched. Slowly he opened one eye, then the other, and then he let out a squeal of delight.

“Oh, boy! Oh, boy!” he exclaimed, as he hopped out of bed. “It’s a perfect day, a simply PERFECT day, for doing what I love best!” With that, he quickly made his bed and scampered to the kitchen to find a special little bite to eat.

Now, I don’t if you’ve had a chance to be around many bears in your lifetime, but if you have, you know bears have two favorite things in life: eating honey and climbing trees. And today, TODAY CHOCO was going to get to do both!

He was so excited as he pulled down a big bowl marked “honey” from the top shelf! He poured a little bit of golden nectar into his breakfast bowl, than a little bit more, and then just a little bit more for good measure. After all, he was a growing bear and would need some extra “go-power: to climb trees today.

After the very last drop of honey was gone, CHOCO Bear licked his lips, sighed “delicious!”, and decided it was high-time to get on with the business of the day – climbing trees.

CHOCO had a favorite tree for climbing – it was the tallest tree in the neighborhood, and from its top branches he could see the entire city. So into his backpack went a little mid-morning snack of honey and crackers (for as you know, climbing trees is hard work and he might need a little extra something to get him through until lunch) and set off on a brisk walk.

It was a beautiful day to be outside. CHOCO skipped along, enjoying the warm sunshine and the smell of the flowers. Soon he was at his favorite tree, which stood in the middle of his favorite garden. Quickly he scurried up to the first branch where he settled down to enjoy the view. “Oh, the garden looks beautiful from up here,” thought CHOCO, “but I think I’ll go up a little higher so I can see even more of my neighborhood.” And as he climbed higher, he composed this little song:

“It’s a wonderful day
To go out and play;
I’m so happy to be
Climbing this tree!”

Now it’s hard work climbing a tree, as you well know, by the time CHOCO finished his song he was feeling pretty tired and in need of a little refreshment. So he found a branch that seemed like a good place to rest and plopped down to enjoy his honey and crackers.

“Mmm, that was certainly tasty” he murmured a few minutes later. “Now I’m ready to climb even higher!” and up he went. Up, up, up to the highest branch he scurried. At last he was up so high he could see the entire city! “Wow!” exclaimed CHOCO. “This is super! I can see my house and grandma’s house…” He stretched out on the branch to get a better view. “And there’s my school…” Now CHOCO crawled out to the tip of the branch (holding on very carefully, of course!). “Gosh, everyone looks like ants from up here. There’s the grocery store, and there’s Children’s Hospital and there’s…” Suddenly there was a loud CRACK! “Help!” yelled CHOCO, as he tumbled down, down, down through the leaves and branches.

CRASH! BAM! BOOM! CHOCO thought he’d never stop falling, but finally he hit the ground with a THUD! For a moment he lay there, too surprised to say anything. Then he let out a wail. “Owee! My arm! I hurt my arm!” Tears rolled down his cheeks as he slowly pulled himself up. “Oh it hurts! It hurts!” He was pretty scared and couldn’t think what to do. Then he remembered Children’s Hospital. “I bet if I go there, they can help me!” So he dusted himself off and headed down the trail towards the hospital.

At last he was there! Once inside, he was amazed at how friendly everyone was. The nurses and doctors took him to a special room where they cleaned off his cuts and bruises and wrapped his arm in soft white bandages. It was decided that he should spend the night to make sure that his arm was really okay. CHOCO settled down for the night in a comfortable bed and dreamt of honey, and trees, and sunshine…

And before he knew it, those first rays of sunshine were once again peeking through his window. Already it was time to go home!

As CHOCO headed home, he thought what a wonderful place Children’s Hospital was, and what good care he had received. He decided right then and there that he would become a special friend of the hospital. And so he became a very busy bear, indeed, helping the children who came to the hospital in any way he could.

To honor all his hard work for Children’s Hospital, CHOCO’s picture was put up EVERYWHERE throughout the hospital

And that’s the story of CHOCO Bear.